oa South African Medical Journal - Issues in medicine : the 2010 South African guidelines for the management of HIV and AIDS : a review : forum

Volume 101, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The South African (SA) National Department of Health (DoH) released new guidelines for the management of HIV/AIDS in April 2010. We discuss here controversial issues and operational challenges in the guidelines; the stimulation of debate and contributing to future guidelines; the timing of initiation of antiretroviral treatment, scope and timing of laboratory monitoring and testing of concomitant conditions, operational challenges such as paediatric HIV treatment and nurse-driven care, and procedures relating to the guidelines such as the need for transparency of the guideline committee and the standard of evidence used to develop the guidelines. We welcome comment and sharing of further insights that will contribute to future guidelines.

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